Author archives

Diana Philip has been working in public interest law and non-profit organizations for over 20 years in issues involving gender violence, reproductive justice and civil liberties. In the late 1990’s, Philip served as North Texas Regional Director for the American Civil Liberties Union ( In 2000, she founded and launched the nationally recognized youth rights organization, Jane's DUE PROCESS ( and served as executive director for its first four years. In 2004, she began a successful 3-year pilot project to help legal advocates working in rural counties at the Texas Advocacy Project. Highlights in her volunteer work have included serving as chair of the Greater Dallas Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, board vice president of the ACLU of Texas and board vice president of Community Shares of Texas ( She is currently a member of the Women’s Health Leadership Network for the Washington, D.C. think tank, the Center for American Progress (, and serves on the advisory board for Lilith: A Fund for Reproductive Equity. Philip holds a B.A. in criminal justice and sociology from Indiana University and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Women’s Studies at Towson University.

Seeking Bypass: What Will Ultimately End Confidence in the Necessity of Parental Involvement Laws?

Public interest law advocate Diana Philip’s commentary focuses specifically on the multifaceted, complex and challenging issues that encompass the dichotomy between reproductive health care and rights available to adult pregnant women and pregnant minors. Diana’s position includes references to seminal legal cases as well as to selected scholarly literature in the field of juvenile reproductive health.

Subjects: Free Speech, Freedom of Information

Through the Labyrinth: Real Answers on How Women Become Leaders

With considerable detail and insight, Diana Philip reviews a recent book that explores the concept of whether the “glass ceiling” still accurately describes the challenges women face to realize leadership aspirations. The book’s authors examine leadership theories developed by multiple disciplines to explain what is holding women back from becoming leaders. They provide data from various studies on employment trends as well as insight gathered from interviews with women leaders to assess how true or false these theories apply to contemporary female workers.

Subjects: Book Reviews, Communication Skills, Features, Human Rights